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saved Text files will not open

Postby Peajie » Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:46 pm

As a Windows 7 user (no longer supported by Microsoft), I have been a happy user of your Version 4.1.3, But suddenly I am unable to open any of my Text files in Open Office. Can you please and explain why? Peajie with a problem.
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Re: saved Text files will not open

Postby FJCC » Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:43 pm

Please explain what you have tried and what happens. If you start OpenOffice and use the menu File -> Open to select a file, what happens?
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Re: saved Text files will not open

Postby Max642 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:28 am

Peajie wrote:As a Windows 7 user (no longer supported by Microsoft), I have been a happy user of your Version 4.1.3, But suddenly I am unable to open any of my Text files in Open Office. Can you please and explain why? Peajie with a problem.


did you get any proper solution?, I am also facing the same issue.
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Re: saved Text files will not open

Postby RoryOF » Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:44 am

We need more information. Are you double clicking a file and expecting that to open it? If so, set File Associations to tell computer to use OpenOffice to open that type of file.

Are you getting a message saying to chose an "ASCII filter"? If that is so, your file is corrupt and there will be little chance of saving anything from it.

Do you get a page of hashtags? File is corrupt - forget it and rewrite.

We need explicit information.
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Re: saved Text files will not open

Postby John_Ha » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:10 pm

Peajie wrote:As a Windows 7 user (no longer supported by Microsoft)

Windows 7 is still supported by Microsoft.

Peajie wrote:suddenly I am unable to open any of my Text files in Open Office. Can you please and explain why?

Try going File > Open ..., and navigating to the file. Does it now open?

If so, you have lost the association between AOO and text files. See the Tutorial on how to fix it. or search the Writer forum with association.

If this does not work, give step-by-step details of what steps you are taking (eg something like AOO is closed. I double click on fred.xyz and ...) and what then happens.

As a new poster you will find much useful information in the Writer FAQ, the Writer Tutorials, the up to date Writer guide and the Writer Manual. May I suggest you bookmark the pages.

Press F1 to access the Help screen and search for your problem

The chapter headings in the manual are:

1 - Introducing Writer
2 - Setting up Writer
3 - Working with Text
4 - Formatting Pages
5 - Printing, Exporting, Faxing and E-Mailing
6 - Introduction to Styles
7 - Working with Styles
8 - Working with Graphics
9 - Working with Tables
10 - Working with Templates
11 - Using Mail Merge
12 - Tables of Contents, Indexes and Bibliographies
13 - Working with Master Documents
14 - Working with Fields
15 - Using Forms in Writer
16 - Customizing Writer – Keyboard shortcuts.

When a pop-up window opens, click the Help button for extensive help on that function - it is often more comprehensive than the manual.

Showing that a problem has been solved helps others searching so, if your problem is now solved, please view your first post in this thread and click the Edit button (top right in the post) and add [Solved] in front of the subject.
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